Freaks, Geeks, and the Game of the Week
This weekly piece will provide our weekly sleeper starts, busts, players we think will underperform, overperform, and offer up what we think will be the most exciting NFL game of the week as well as the best beer to drink while you watch that game.
Freaks – Our Sleeper Starts and Overachievers
QB / Russell Wilson / SEA
There will be mountains of fantasy points to be had in this one, and we sure as hell don’t think Seattle’s backfield will be contributing much. The Packers’ secondary looks to be atrocious for a second straight year. Russ should eat in a shootout in Lambeau.
QB / Carson Palmer / ARZ
If you are missing out on Winston or Luck and are looking for a spot start, you could do much worse than Palmer. He has started hot each of the last two years and has a plus matchup against a Lions secondary that struggled last season.
WR / Brandon Marshall / NY
It is looking like Marshall will suit up and OBJ may not (listed as questionable). If this is the case, look for Eli to hone in on Marshall. The Cowboys secondary was porous at times last season, and I like the first year Giant to reel in a TD in this one.
WR / Paul Richardson / SEA
Richardson is a name to know in Seattle. He is a good plug-and-play if you will be out of a Mike Evans or Jarvis Landry this week. He is also a good stash candidate before his waiver price jumps. Richardson has earned the WR2 spot in Seattle. Lockett is still banged up, and the ‘hawks just traded Kearse to the Fantasy Bermuda Triangle that is the NY Jets – Seattle brass trust this kid, who came on strong at the end of last season and in the playoffs. If you don’t know, now you know.
TE / Coby Fleener / NO
Ugh. Can’t believe I am doing this. If you are looking for a TE play this week – Fleener is your man. Xavier Rhodes will shut down the Saints’ wide-outs. Last season, Fleener had his best game of the year when Snead was out. He put up a 7 /109/ 1 line in Week 3. Brees will find MT covered, and will look to Fleener as Ginn spreads the field. Don’t make me eat my words, Fleener.
Geeks – Our Bust Starts and Underachievers
QB / Dak Prescott / DAL
I’m avoiding Dak this week and running with Palmer if he is available. The ‘boys lost 3 games last season, two of them were to the Giants and their vaunted secondary. The QB struggled in his two meetings with the Giants last season, throwing 1 TD to 2 INTs, while averaging only 196 yards through the air.
RB / Marshawn Lynch / OAK
If you got Lynch on your squad this year, you probably paid a 3rd round price to get him. He won’t live up to that billing this week. The Titans have a stout D and will likely bottle up Lynch. His fantasy production this week will be touchdown dependent. I don’t think he finds pay dirt.
WR / TY Hilton / IND
No Luck? I’m not relying on Hilton. In the 10 games last year’s leading receiver played without the neck beard in his career, his targets drop, his receptions drop, his average yards per games drops by almost 20, and he only has 2 total touchdowns. If I have Hilton, I might not even start him. Dude is Geeking out.
WR / De’Andre Hopkins / HOU
The Texans WR1 played all 16 games last season and finished as WR36. Why do so many people believe his situation improves with Tom Savage at the helm? The Jag’s secondary is no joke – Hopkin’s 2016 struggles continue in week 1, and just might continue until Watson finds himself under center.
WR / Dez Bryant / DAL
The third in my trio of top receivers I don’t trust this week. In standard leagues, Dez managed to total negative points in the two meetings against the Giants last season. He TOTALED 2 catches, 18 yards, with a fumble last year in the two games against the G-Men. I know he is likely your WR1 so you can’t sit him – just temper your expectations.
Game of the Week
Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
You don’t always get to see a potential NFC Championship matchup in Week 1 of the regular season, but when you do, you should watch it. This game is fixing up to be fast paced and high scoring, and it should be chalk-full of fantasy points (unless you are a Seahawk RB). If there is only one game that you watch this week, make it this one, Rodgers and Wilson will not disappoint. I like the Pack to defend their home turf in a back-and-forth game 38 - 31. The only thing that could make this one better is if Brett Favre strapped on the pads one last time to sling it all over Lambeau.
Pair it with a… La Fin Du Monde Unibroue. Say What?! It’s bold pairing the first week’s game of the week of America’s favorite sport with a Canadian beer, but I couldn’t help myself. This one figures to play out like a high flying, airing it, high scoring, CFL game moreso than your typical cold weather Lambeau slugfest. The Unibroue is a smooth beer that packs a kick – it should go nicely with this potential NFC championship preview.